Meet our July 2014 Member of the Month, Jude Lucas!
"I began crafting really when I was very young, I come from a long line of dressmakers and seamstresses as I discovered when I delved into my family history. My mother was a corset maker and she taught me to sew when I was young. I still sew, and I still love that. I use my sewing skills to help my son's school with crafty items and I go into school to help out with the craft classes. However, my love of paper craft came with a chance viewing of Dawn Bibby on QVC, she was demonstrating some card making techniques and I fell in love with it all, began to get a few bits and pieces, and happily made a few for friends and family (I wasn't very good, but they didn't mind). 18 months ago I found Create and Craft and have been unstoppable ever since.
Early in 2007 my son, Steven, was diagnosed with Cancer and was sent to Great Ormond Street Hospital. He had a rare type of cancer. It appeared on the left side of his nose. Chemotherapy didn't work so it was surgically removed. Two years later another tumour further up by his left eye, was immediately removed but not before it had affected the bone and skin in that area. He underwent six weeks of intense radiotherapy that summer (all the way through his school holidays) and has been left with the need for extensive reconstruction and skin grafting. He has just celebrated his 5 years of being cancer free, however, the skin grafts have not been so successful with three grafts failing to take. Steven also has moderate learning difficulties exacerbated by the loss of the school time because of the illness. The hospital are fantastic and they are dealing with my son extremely well as they have never had a child with his condition before. A massive team of consultants and nurses do a 100% job for him. He is now 12 and has been undergoing treatment since just before his 5th birthday.
I pondered what I could do to help the hospital because I am not sporty and I have a few minor medical problems of my own. Then a friend suggested I sold my cards, and so began the blossoming of my paper crafting. I'm quite addicted to Crafter's Companion CDs, so they appear quite a lot on my cards. After I had sold my first few cards, I knew I had found my small way of helping the hospital. I do this by selling to family, friends and I have a local shop that sells for me. When ever we visit the hospital I take the proceeds with me and hand it over at the charity desk.
I have a Facebook page called Green Paw Crafts, where I display my cards. I love the card making, it helps me with the stress of coping with life and what has happened to my son. I usually craft 2-3 times a week. I always feel more relaxed after crafting."